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					                                  SCR CHAPTER 11


JUDICIAL COUNCIL COMMITTEE'S NOTE, 1979: The following rules govern the members of
the state bar of Wisconsin and have been clarified and numbered SCR 11.01 to 11.08 for uniformity
and convenience. The following chart shows the new rule and the 1977 statute from which it was

                            Rule                                  Statute
                            SCR 11.01                             757.29
                            SCR 11.02                             757.27
                            SCR 11.03                             757.285
                            SCR 11.04                             757.287
                            SCR 11.05                             757.293
                            SCR 11.06                             757.294
                            SCR 11.07                             753.076
                            SCR 11.08                             757.32

The following statutes also govern members of the state bar of Wisconsin and are listed here for
reference purposes:

757.22 Judge not to act as attorney, etc.; attorneys not to have office with judge.

757.295 Barratry.

757.30 Penalty for practicing without license.

757.45 Sharing of compensation by attorneys prohibited.

       SCR 11.01 Attorneys regulated. An attorney is subject to
discipline for professional misconduct, as provided in SCR 20:8.4.
       SCR 11.02 Appearance by attorney. (1) Authorized. Every
person of full age and sound mind may appear by attorney in every
action or proceeding by or against the person in any court except felony
actions, or may prosecute or defend the action or proceeding in person.
       (2) Service of notice. Upon the service of notice of appearance
or retainer generally, by an attorney for any party, any other party may
file the notice and have the appearance of the party entered as of the
time when the notice was served.
       (3) Substitution of attorneys. No order for the substitution of an
attorney for a party may be made without consent signed by the party
and his or her attorney; or for cause shown and upon such terms as
shall be just, and on such notice as the court or judge shall direct.
       SCR 11.03 [Deleted.]
       SCR 11.04         Suspension for nonpayment of support,
noncompliance with subpoena or warrant.
       (1) In this rule:
       (a) “Subpoena or warrant” means a subpoena or warrant issued by the
department of workforce development or a child support agency and
relating to paternity or support proceedings.
       (b) “Support” means support as defined in 42 United States Code
section 654(4)B.
       (2) Upon receipt of certification from the department of workforce
development pursuant to section 49.857, stats., that a person licensed to
practice law in this state is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of
support or is not in compliance with a subpoena or warrant, the supreme
court may suspend the license of that person to practice law for up to 5 years
in the case of delinquency in making court-ordered payments of support or
for up to 6 months in the case of failure to comply with a subpoena or
       (3) Before entering an order suspending an attorney’s license under
sub. (2), the supreme court shall issue an order requiring the attorney to
show cause why his or her license to practice law should not be suspended.
The supreme court may inquire into the reasons for the delinquency or any
other matters the court considers appropriate. The court may enter such
orders as it deems appropriate.
       (4) The supreme court may return the certification to the department
of workforce development upon a showing by the attorney that the
department failed to provide notice of its intent to seek license suspension
and that, as a result, the attorney was not aware of the right to a hearing as
provided by section 49.857, stats., or has not had a reasonable opportunity
to pay the delinquency or resolve the noncompliance with the subpoena or
       (5) A license to practice law suspended under sub. (2) shall be
reinstated as follows upon whichever of the following first occurs:
       (a) Automatically upon the expiration of the period for which
       (b) By order of the supreme court upon notification by the department
         of workforce development that the attorney has paid the delinquent support
         or has made satisfactory alternative payment arrangements or has satisfied
         the requirements under the subpoena or warrant.
                (6) An attorney whose license to practice law is suspended under sub.
         (2) shall comply with the provisions of SCR 22.26.
                (7) The supreme court may disclose the social security number of a
         member of the state bar to the department of workforce development for the
         purpose of administering s. 49.22.
                SCR 11.05 [Deleted.]
                SCR 11.06 Group or prepaid legal services plans. (1) A
         "group or prepaid legal services plan" means a plan by which legal
         services are rendered to a person participating in the plan by an
         attorney recommended or selected as provided in the plan.
                (2) An attorney may furnish legal services in this state pursuant
         to a group or prepaid legal services plan which complies with the
         following conditions:
                (a) The plan shall be written and provide:
                1. The benefits to be provided, including all exclusions and
                2. Procedures for the review and resolution of disputes arising
         under the plan, but the plan may not require a client to
         submit to binding arbitration of any grievance or
         dispute related to an attorney’s professional services;
                3. That a person participating in the plan may obtain legal
         services independently of the plan;
                4. That an attorney furnishing legal services under the plan is
         free to exercise independent professional judgment.
                [11.06(2)(a)5., (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), and (9) are repealed.]
                   Lawyers participating in prepaid legal service plans are reminded of their responsibility to comply
with the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys, SCR Chapter 20.

                SCR 11.07 Reserve judges; service and practice. A reserve
         judge who has served as a circuit judge under section 753.075 of the
         statutes shall not appear as an attorney nor act as counsel in any
         contested matter in any court in the county in which he or she has so
         served for a period of one year after the service. A reserve judge who
         has served as a court of appeals judge under section 753.075 of the
         statutes shall not appear as an attorney nor act as counsel in any matter
in the court of appeals for a period of one year after the service.
Neither the act of serving as a reserve judge, nor the performance of
conciliation or pretrial duties under section 807.09 of the statutes
affects his or her eligibility to engage in the practice of law.
       SCR 11.08 [Deleted.]

        Amended December 29, 1980; November 1, 1982; July 1, 1983; March
21, 1986; June 10, 1987; November 6, 1990; April 10, 2001; November 14, 2001; January 23, 2002;
and November 14, 2007.